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Trump not under investigation, says his lawyer

Trump not under investigation, says his lawyer

"Witch Hunt." Some Democrats have equated Comey's firing and what they see as veiled threats about firing Mueller as obstruction of justice from Trump.

A representative from President Donald Trump's legal team said Trump is not under investigation, despite the president tweeting "I am being investigated" this week.

She did not say when Cooper was hired or whether he would be Sessions' defence lawyer in the federal probe into alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential election and possible collusion by Trump's campaign team.

The White House spent the day clarifying that the President was not confirming whether he was indeed under investigation, but rather was simply responding to the report.

Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel.

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Rosenstein pledged that Mueller would maintain his independence and said he would not follow orders to fire the special counsel unless he believes "those are lawful and appropriate orders".

In what seems an unconvincing explanation at best, defense attorney Jay Sekulow chose to defend his President by categorically denying that there was any investigation being carried out against him.




The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. In the subsequent furor over Comey's dismissal - largely stoked by Trump's conflicting reasons for firing the director, which first adopted but then parted company with Rosenstein's memo - Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Sekulow argued Trump has the authority to fire his subordinates and that he fired FBI Director James Comey on the recommendation of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General.

Yet, Sekulow said the president was referring to a news report about an investigation, not an actual probe. Sekulow said he was actually discussing the "legal theory of how the Constitution works" and that Wallace had rephrased his talking points.

As the investigation does move forward, there's been a tip from the deputy attorney general.

Not so, the White House shot back, as did one of Trump's attorneys on Fox News Sunday.

"I didn't rephrase it", Wallace said. Or even, "If your lawyer is explaining that he didn't say what he said the last time he was explaining ..."

During his Sunday talk show appearances, Sekulow previewed Trump's defense against obstruction claims. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. "But if it's just, he's acting impetuously because he doesn't like having himself or his friends investigated for something he genuinely believes he didn't do, then I think that's a much harder case for obstruction". "I don't think it serves him well", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter, on ABC's "This Week", adding that the President was right to be infuriated by "this whole Russian Federation baloney".


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